Planner of Faryab Suicide Attack Killed

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A senior Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) leader involved in the Faryab suicide bombing on Eid al-Adha last month has been killed in a joint military operation, Isaf said Saturday.

Shukrullah and two other insurgents were killed during an Afghan and coalition forces operation in Faryab's Almar district on Friday.

According to the Isaf statement, Shukrullah coordinated the October 26 suicide attack in the capital Meymaneh that killed 41 Afghans.

"He also trained insurgents and provided improvised explosive device components to both IMU and Taliban fighters throughout Faryab and Sar-e Pul province," Isaf said.

Meanwhile, a Haqqani leader and a Haqqani facilitator have been captured in a joint operation in Logar province on Friday, Isaf said.

The arrested leader acquired weapons for Haqqani fighters and directed attacks against security forces throughout the Muhammad Aghah district, the statement said.

"At the time of his arrest, he was overseeing the movement of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and Haqqani fighters in preparation for an attack," it added.

The facilitator planned and executed attacks against Afghan and coalition forces within Muhammad Aghah district while managing the transfer of weapons and IEDs to Haqqani fighters.

Another suspected insurgents were also captured during the operation.

It comes after an operation on Thursday in Jawzjan province in north of Afghanistan where a joint security force arrested a Taliban facilitator who planned and directed IED attacks against Afghan and Isaf forces. One suspected insurgent was detained along with a number of IED components, Isaf said.

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